Delivered in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Trust, ‘Pass on the Memories’ supports people living with dementia and their carers.
Run from Goodison Park four times a week, ‘Pass on the Memories’ uses a range of interventions, including sporting reminiscence workshops and custom-made life story memory books, to help people share important memories and create new ones.
The pioneering programme gives participants access to visits of places of historical interest that they visited in their younger years as well as social events including the increasingly popular Blue Bingo as well as sessions on dancing and singing for the brain and arts and crafts.
Now in its third year, the programme also offers activity and interaction games to help those living with dementia-related conditions keep their brain activity at a high level and ensure the mind remains as active as possible.
‘Pass on the Memories’ also provides vital respite to the carers where they are able to discuss issues that have affected them as well as getting support where needed.
Everton in the Community have been working with Mersey Care since 2007 and together have developed a series of programmes to specifically tackle mental health issues among different groups within the local community.to support individuals experiencing dementia, unemployment and isolation.
Since its launch in January 2013, ‘Pass on the Memories’ has attracted national support from high profile individuals including the former Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham MP and the scheme has also been recognised by Norman Lamb, former Minister for Care and Support, who invited Everton in the Community staff to Whitehall to talk about the impact of the work delivered on mental health and dementia while also highlighting how other sporting clubs could develop the same schemes.
As well as providing vital respite and support for carers, Everton in the Community are also working towards having Goodison Park recognised as the first Dementia-friendly stadium in England by the Alzheimer’s Society through the delivery of awareness training to a range of frontline staff.
With dementia expected to affect one million people in the UK by 2020, the Club’s official charity is leading the way in helping people live happy and fulfilling lives with dementia for as long as possible.